Resilient Rutland project hosts celebration event at Oakham Castle
Dignitaries and school staff gathered at a celebration evening to hear from pupils who have benefitted from a project that helps to improve their mental health.
Resilient Rutland was set up in 2018 to improve the mental health and well-being of pupils by working with every school in the county.
It was born out of work done by Ann Williams, who identified a need in 2014 to help young people and started working with schools, professional mental health agencies and pupils.
A small team developed a bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, which in 2018 provided a grant of £484,700 to be spent over three years from January 2019. This project, named Resilient Rutland and overseen by Rutland First, was later extended by a year because of covid.
The programme, run by project manager Morag Tyler and schools liaison officer Lyn Harte, has been a success, and it was decided to hold a celebration event to recognise those involved.
The event was held at Oakham Castle on June 29.
Among guests were the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness and the High Sheriff, Geoff Thompson.
Representatives from schools, Rutland County Council and community groups also attended to hear speakers describing the impact of the funding and the positive difference it has made to mental health and well-being. Teachers and young people also spoke about the initiatives that had been set up.
Lyn said it had been “fantastic to see young people come alive at our schools conferences” after work to empower them.
Morag said: “We have delivered a huge programme of support, ranging from in-school counselling to arts and crafts packs, from mental health first aid training to parent/carer webinars.
“We have always been mindful of what the project would leave behind, and what our legacy would be.
“I’m pleased to say that the future looks positive, with many of our initiatives continuing and alternative funding sources being identified.”